Charlotte Crosby 3 Minute Belly Blitz DVD – Sweat is just fat crying!!!!

showbiz-charlotte-crosby-3-minute-belly-blitz-1After the excesses of Christmas most of us are overcome by a wave of over indulgence followed by a sudden need to sign up to the gym.

I have realised over the last year being fit and healthy isn’t about a sporadic diet of Kale and crackers (gross) or forcing myself to run for miles on a treadmill (even more gross), but finding something that makes keeping fit bearable.

Netball girls in match kit.

Up until now netball has been a real game changer (excuse the pun) for me as I play 2 /3 times a week and even though I feel the burn I can push through it because I am VERY competitive and want to win. It has also inspired me to go to the gym, as I want to improve my fitness so that I am a better player.

Gosling always on hand with great advice…

I have got to a point now where I am doing plenty of cardio and not enough resistance training. I know that I could use the women’s weight room at the gym, but I don’t think I am alone in saying that I have no idea what to do in there especially with the free weights. I find it pretty intimidating walking in and looking useless in front of the women who look like they were drawn by an adolescent teenage boy who has watched way too many Baywatch episodes and Kim K sex tapes.

Classic Charl...

Classic Charl…

Back to the point…the Charlotte Crosby 3 minute Belly Blitz DVD. Say what you will, but despite the fact Charlotte is a reality TV star from Geordie Shore who openly wees herself and has sex on TV, this DVD is Awesome.

Apparently I am not the only one who thinks so; it is the fastest selling fitness DVD to date.

I think it is great for a few simple reasons (bullet points mean I am deadly serious):

  • There are 12 sessions in total and they alternate between cardio and resistance workouts. This keeps your heart rate up and tones at the same time. It also allows you to mix and match the workouts depending on time and preference.
  • There is a beginner’s option for every workout if you are struggling (Dave leads these. Note: Dave LOVES all the workouts, even the cool down!!!)
  • Every session is 3 minutes long – which means you do not get bored, it is not repetitive and you push yourself harder.
  • It includes a great diet plan with simple and extensive meal options.
  • There is a 10 minute extra abs workout, which is great to do every day even if you do not do the whole DVD.
  • You feel the results the next day. After two weeks I feel more toned and my upper body strength has definitely improved.
  • Charlotte is always on hand to give you vital advice e.g. “Don’t forget to breathe” and my personal favourite “Try not to punch yourself in the face”.

largeJokes aside, I am by no means a fitness guru, however here are a few pointers I will be following to make 2015 a year of change:

  • Find a sport you enjoy
  • Find a keepfit buddy (preferably someone with a similar outlook on exercise)
  • Try to improve your everyday diet and treat yourself occasionally instead of yo yo dieting
  • Be kind to yourself – be proud of your personal achievements and do not compare yourself to others (especially not those in the free weights room if you dare to go in in the first place)

I will leave you with this parting note: If you are feeling the burn “Sweat is just fat crying…”

You can buy the DVD here for £12.99 from Amazon.

The Cuban Bristol– to warm you up on a cold winters evening!!

cuba1 On Friday evening I was lucky enough to pay my second visit to The Cuban in Bristol with my parents and Matt and it was exactly what we needed after a long week of freezing cold weather.

Rebelado Showgirls

Rebelado Showgirls

On a Friday and Saturday night the Rebelado Showgirls are part of the evenings entertainment along with a two piece Latin band and the mixture of the two on arrival immediately warms you up, gets your hips shaking and creates a sudden craving for a mojito.

Incredible Latin Band

Incredible Latin Band

We were seated in a booth in front of the band which was great and meant we were completely emerged in the party atmosphere especially when the showgirls danced around the tables. My family and I went to Cuba in 2011 so my Mum and Dad were sure to be harsh critics, however with the authentic décor of tall warehouse ceilings, vintage pictures of Havana and mismatched furniture they fell in love with the place.

Mum and Dad loving the Mojitos.

The Cocktail List is extensive and enticing with plenty of Cuban Favourites and Classics. They are around £6.95 each, which is a standard price in Bristol these days, however Monday – Friday 4pm- 7pm and all day on Wednesday selected cocktails are 2-4-1. We went for Mojitos and Caipirinhhas. The mojitos are exactly how they should be with plenty of white rum, fresh mint, brown sugar & crushed ice – delicious.

Beautiful Mojito!!

Beautiful Mojito!!

On to the Menu. There is a great selection of food on offer with a choice of Tapas, Speciality Mains such as deep fried plantain and kebabs, Grilled steaks and burgers and Seafood. We all decided to go for the tapas and share 7 between two (£32.50).

A selection of the many Tapas we ordered.

A selection of the many Tapas we ordered.

We went for Nachos Rancheros, Pan- fried Chorizo in red wine, Patatas Bravas, Arancini, Calamari and Chilli Beef Quesadillas. The tapas are a great size (much bigger than we expected) and all tasted fresh and flavoursome, especially the chorizo (I could eat Chorizo all day every day). We did not manage to finish all the food as we were all full, but we definitely gave it a good go.

Matt's Manly Rouge

Matt’s Manly Rouge

Our second cocktail was in order to wash down the obscene amount of food we managed to devour. I was boring (or loyal) and stuck with the mojito, but Matt went for the ‘Rouge’, not the manliest of cocktails, but it was pretty.

Matt and I enjoying cocktail No.2

As we sipped on our second round of cocktails, the staff cleared the large table in front of the stage and a group of professionals began the Salsa dancing. At first Mum and I were happy to watch, but as soon as Shakira, Hips Don’t Lie came on it was time to hit the dance floor. There is a brilliant group of dancers who dance together and then teach everyone a few moves. Mum and I had a great time and I think Matt and Dad definitely got a giggle out of it.

Our hips didn’t lie!!

After we showed the professionals how it was done and danced off at least one piece of chorizo it was time to go home. Even the -3 cold wind that hit us as we stepped outside could not dampen our Cuban spirits after such an enjoyable evening.

Cool images from The Cuban Facbook page.

Cool images from The Cuban Facbook page.

I do not want to put a downer on this lively post, however the only negative comment I have is that it is rather difficult to speak to anyone at the restaurant, as the company owns two restaurants, the other being in Camden and the phone line is a generic line for the two. However the online system works well and you can book online, it’s just difficult if you want to ask anyone anything specific.

In summary, The Cuban is lively, good value for money and FUN!!!!

January Wish List

wishWARNING: The following items in the following Wish List do not compliment each other and should not be worn together in any circumstance. I have tried to select a number of items for the home; the wardrobe and body to mix it up a bit.

Urban Outfitters purse – £28

Purse from Urban Outfitters.

Inside of purse – look at that little pouch!

I am in desperate need of a new purse and this one is exactly what I am looking for. Simple design, soft leather with plenty of space for cards and it even has a tiny little money pouch – how cute.

NikeAir Max Thea £85

Nike Air Max for 'ahem' running

Nike Air Max for ‘ahem’ running

For some reason I have started to acquire a taste for trainers, I think it is mostly because I am fed up of wearing boots. I have recently bought myself a pair of netball trainers, which are strangely really cool on court and not so much when worn casually, but these can be worn with a pair of jeans, but also come in useful when I am training for this bloody 10k with obstacles thing.

Mint Velvet – Black Melissa Shoe Boot were £99 now £79

Boots from Mint Velvet.

Boots from Mint Velvet.

Despite my moaning about boots, I think these are a good transition shoe from Winter to Spring. I also hate wearing heels on a night out and I think they would look great with a dress so could be the answer to all my problems. My only qualm (great word) is that I think they are a bit too Kooky (another great word) for me. Also what a great bargain!

Goldie Duster Coat Asos £52

Goldie Duster Coat from Asos

Now as I am quite clearly a fashion guru, I have noticed Trench Coats seem to be the theme for Spring 2015 and as much as I like the traditional, beige, biscuity coloured style I think this Olive ‘Duster Coat’ is slightly cooler, but maintains the idea of a Trench Coat. I also think it might hang slightly nicer and also great for day and evening wear.

River Island Baby pink loose fit poplin shirt £25

Pink shirt from RI

Pink shirt from RI

Even though I do not work in an office with a particularly strict dress code, I do like to look nice and I always think you cannot go wrong with a nice shirt. Only problem with white shirts is that I always find you can see people’s bras and I hate wearing vest tops under things. This lovely pink shirt is a gorgeous spring colour, will brighten up most outfits and look smart and casual at the same time – perfect! (I would most definitely undo those awful sleeve button holders and roll the sleeves up myself – another qualm).

OPI 50 Shades of Grey Collection for Valentines Day  £11.95 Approximately

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6 Shades of 'Grey' from the range.

6 Shades of ‘Grey’ from the range.

I might be a bit ahead of myself promoting something for Valentines Day, but this new range of ‘grey’ shades from OPI are lush!!! There are 6 shades in this particular range, they are not necessarily grey, but they are sexy and on-trend. I love the OPI polishes, they are not gloopy, the brush creates a smooth stroke and the consistency of the varnish gives a nice shine. It is also good quality so it lasts for at least 2/3 days depending on activity.

Lily-flame Daisy Dip Scented Tin £8.50

Daisy Dip Scented Tin

Daisy Dip Scented Tin

My friend Claire introduced me to the Lily-flame candles before Christmas and I fell so in love I bought myself the ‘First Kiss of the Night’ scented tin and gave it to my mum to put in my stocking. It smells amazing with a fruity, calm and musky scent and lasts for 36 hours – which is a great life span in Candle years (hours). Considering my obsession with Daisies and candles the last object on my list seems pretty perfect, this might be one that comes out of the “Wish List” and onto the “Purchased List”.